Meetings & Functions

The South Shore Natural Science Center is set on 30 acres of field, forest, and meadow. Vine Hall features a cathedral window framing a dramatic bio-totem sculpture and fireplace. With adjacent lawns and gardens, the Center is the perfect place for any occasion.


The South Shore Natural Science Center is available with a capacity of 90 for reception or auditorium-style functions, and 64 for banquet-style functions. The Center’s lawns and gardens may also be rented. Plenty of parking is available.


The South Shore Natural Science Center does not provide catering services but will accommodate a caterer of your choice. We will be happy to share a list of local caterers noted for their fine food and quality service. Alcohol may be served on the premises provided the host assumes liability.


A small caterer’s kitchen is adjacent to Vine Hall. The kitchen appliances are available for your use.

The South Shore Natural Science Center can provide:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Podium
  • Large projection screen
  • TV and VCR/DVD player

Our grounds and gardens are ideal for an outdoor tented function.  We will be happy to provide a listing of party rental and tent companies upon request.  Rates below apply to for renting Vine Hall and/or outdoor grounds.


  • Click here for current rental rates and fees. SSNSC Facility Rentals
  • Discounted rates for South Shore YMCA and Science Center members and non-profit organizations are available upon request.

Business Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday :   9:00 to 5:00pm
  • Sunday – 11:00am to 4:00pm


$150.00 security room deposit is due upon rental. The security deposit check will be returned unless damage has occurred.

South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center is a smoke-free facility.

Please Note: As a private organization, the South Shore YMCA Natural Science Center reserves the right to refuse to make its grounds or facilities available for functions that conflict with its mission or services.